By Orhan Pamuk
C’est dans le quartier occidental de Nişantaşi que Cevdet Bey, un riche marchand musulman, s’installe avec son épouse pour fonder une famille.
Nous sommes en 1905 et le sultan Abdülhamid II vient d’échapper à un attentat. Les élites turques contestent de plus en plus fortement le règne despotique des dirigeants ottomans, le will pay se trouve alors à un tournant historique que Cevdet a pour projet de relater dans ses Mémoires.
Trente ans plus tard, los angeles Turquie n’est en effet plus l. a. même après l. a. réforme du régime politique, le bouleversement des mœurs, et l. a. mise en position d’un nouvel alphabet. Les fils de Cevdet Bey en profitent pour prendre des instructions différentes dans ce can pay gagné par los angeles modernité.
Et c’est à l. a. troisième génération, en 1970, qu’un besoin de retour vers les origines vient sceller cette fresque turque. Ahmet, qui est artiste-peintre, s’attaque au portrait de son grand-père, mort dans les années soixante, et ainsi à celui de toute une nation...
Cevdet Bey et ses fils est le preferable roman écrit par Orhan Pamuk. Toute son œuvre affleure déjà dans cette vast fresque à trois temps qui dépeint magistralement l’émergence d'une Turquie moderne, thème qu’il déclinera sans cesse dans los angeles suite de sa creation littéraire.
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Second, any claim to an understanding of Musa’s personal psychology and childhood in Mehmed’s court amounts to little more than speculation, since it is not possible to psychoanalyze a ﬁfteenth century Ottoman prince on the basis of scant evidence mostly produced in the court of his brother. Third, even if we accept as true that after Musa’s death his kazasker Seyh Bedreddin was the leader of an important social and religious ¸ movement based on ideas of common ownership, it does not necessarily follow from this alone that Musa was himself the leader of a revolutionary communist regime in Rumeli.
They forged alliances with their Christian neighbors by marrying into the Balkan nobility, and created slave armies and courts by converting Christian peasants and prisoners of war into janissaries and servants of the Porte (kapı kulu). But as their realms expanded during the reigns of Murad I and Bayezid I, once again the Ottomans came face to face with the larger post-Mongol Islamic world as represented by the Mamluks of Egypt, the Akkoyunlu and Karakoyunlu tribal confederations of eastern Anatolia and western Iran, the ruler of Sivas Kadı Burhaneddin, and eventually the great nomadic conqueror Timur himself.
R. Gibb, ed. G. J. Brill, 1965): 662–672. See also Kafadar, Between Two Worlds, 90–105 et passim. 53 See Zachariadou, “Süleyman Çelebi,” 269, note 3. 54 F. Thiriet, Régestes des Délibérations du Sénat de Venise concernant la Romanie, vol. 2: 1364–1463 (Paris: Mouton, 1958–1961). , Acta Albaniae Veneta Saeculorum XIV. et XV. ; Munich, R. Trofenik, 1967–), vols. 1–7. 56 It is this publication that has been consulted for the present work. 57 Apart from these collections, other letters and documents from the Ragusan archives have been published by various scholars, which will be cited at the appropriate time.